Another consulate in China is the Philippine Consulate in Xiamen. Filipinos who can’t go to the main embassy located in Beijing can head to Xiamen instead to avail of the local services of the government including marriage solemnization, application for a new passport, renewal of passports, birth certificate recording, death certificate recording, and more. If you need assistance on legal matters and emergencies, you can likewise contact the Philippine consulate for help. POLO and OWWA are working together with the embassy and consulates in China to help more Filipinos. Both of the agencies can cater to legal and emergency aspects.
If you are abroad, it’s essential that you have with you the contact information of the embassy and the consulate. There would be times that you need someone to come in rescue, especially during emergencies. Filipinos who need legal help can also take advantage of what the consulate can offer. So, ensure that you know where to call when that time comes.
Below, we listed the most important details that you need to be aware of. This includes the services offered by the Philippine Consulate in Xiamen, frequently asked questions, especially in a passport application and renewals, contact information, opening hours, and a map guide.
History – PCG Xiamen
The Philippines and China had an early history of diplomatic relations. The relations between the two started in 1946 and it evolved until the Philippine Consulates in Shanghai and Xiamen were established in 1947. The previous consulate in Xiamen was located on the island of Gulangyu—an islet adjacent to the southwest coast of the main island of Xiamen. This islet is about 5 minutes away when a ferry is used. In this period, there were about 13 other consulates in Gulangyu, including those of Austria, Unites States, Great Britain, France, Japan, Holland, Norway, Belgium, and Sweden.
When the People’s Republic of China was founded, all the Philippine Foreign Service posts were closed in 1949. The Philippine Legation followed when the Nationalist Kuomintang government withdrew to Taiwan Island. The connection of the Philippines and China was lost and it returned only in June 1975 when the former President Marcos and the leader of the People’s Republic of China signed a joint communique. The reestablishment of the Philippine Consulate General in Xiamen happened in 1986 through information representations with the Office of Asian and Pacific Affairs (ASPAC). The proposal includes the reestablishment of the consular posts both in Xiamen and Cebu.
Other Philippine Offices in China
Below are other Philippine Consulates and Embassy in China for your information:
- Philippine Consulate General in Guangzhou, China
- Philippine Consulate General in Chongqing, China
- Philippine Consulate General in Shanghai, China
- Philippine Embassy in Beijing, China
Here’s the list of services offered by the Philippine Consulate in Xiamen.
- Issuance of Passport
- Travel Document
- Issuance of Visa
- Requirements for the Retention and Re-Acquisition of Philippine Citizenship
- Notarial and other Legal Services
- Registration of Nationals
- Report of Marriage, Birth, and Death
- Collection of Income Tax
- Balikbayan Stamp
- Philippine Embassy and Consulates General in China
- Philippine Honorary Consuls General and Consul in China
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Services
What are the documents I should bring during my passport renewal?
When availing of the passport renewal services of the Philippine consulate in Xiamen, make sure that you have the following documents:
- Original old or expired passport.
- Complete passport application form.
- Photocopy of your passport’s data page
- Photocopy of your permanent resident card, a record of landing, and work permit.
- Passport processing fee
What happens if I lost my Philippine passport?
In case you lost your passport, you need to report it timely to the authorities. You can then apply for a new passport with the following requirements:
- Police report or case certificate
- Affidavit of Loss of Passport (this can be completed in the Philippine embassy but with a separate processing fee).
- Birth Certificate
- Marriage Certificate if applicable
- A legal document showing your name, date of birth, and place of birth.
- Photocopy of your lost or destroyed passport, if applicable.
- Death certificate of spouse, if applicable.
- Annulment/divorce, if applicable.
What are the documents needed when a minor wants to obtain a passport?
When a minor applies for a passport, he/she needs to be with both of his/her parents. The Philippine consulate accepts passport applications of minor with the following documents:
- Birth certificate
- Report of birth form
- Letter from the doctor who delivered the child attesting to the birth.
- Medical record of the child from the hospital where the child was delivered, in case the doctor can’t be located anymore.
- Original and photocopies of the passports of the parents.
- Letter of consent with the signature of both parents
Tips When Visiting the Philippine Consulate
1. Check the official website of the Philippine Consulate in Xiamen.
Before you go to the Philippine Consulate, it helps a lot if you will check the official website because it’s where they post the latest news, announcements, and updates. You will also find other useful information when you visit the site. You can use those details so you will not go to the Philippine Consulate empty-handed.
2. Bring your car and park in the right place.
There are reminders posted on the consulate website reminding Filipinos not to utilize the front space of the consulate property. If you will bring your car, make sure that you are parking in the right place.
3. Secure the documents you need.
There are requirements needed when you avail of the services of the consulate. This includes the documents mentioned in the previous part of this blog. Before you visit the consulate, you have to make sure that you have all those papers.
4. Dress properly.
Dressing properly is an indication that you are respecting the Philippine government office. Refrain from wearing sando and short pants when visiting the consulate.
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Consulate General of the Philippines in Xiamen
Contact Person: Consul General Raul. S. Hernandez
Address: No. 2 and 3 Lingxiang Li, Lianhua Xin Cun, Siming District, Xiamen City, Fujian Province People’s Republic of China, 361009
Telephone Number: (0086-592) 513-0355 / 513-0366 (trunkline); (0086) 18905921595 (duty phone); (0086) 13906036614 (ATN hotline)
Fax Number: (0086-592) 553-0803
Google Map Location
In case you are wondering where the Philippine Consulate in Xiamen is located, below is a map guide for you: